Rio de Janeiro: Lucas Silva has declared his wish to remain at Real Madrid amid speculation linking him to Porto.

The 22-year-old Brazilian has made eight first-team appearances for the Spanish outfit since his 14 million-euro move from Cruzeiro in January, reported Xinhua news agency.

But the glut of foreign players in Real Madrid’s squad has fueled speculation Silva will be loaned to another club.

Porto are favourites to secure a temporary deal for the midfielder, with Deportivo La Coruna and Sevilla also said to be interested.

“There have been a lot of reports and headlines, but it’s only speculation,” Silva told Brazil’s SporTV.

“We have our pre-season already planned with friendlies arranged. In principal, what I have in mind is to stay at Real Madrid.”

Silva said he was yet to speak to new manager Rafael Benitez, who replaced Carlo Ancelotti last month.

He expects to meet with the former Valencia, Liverpool and Napoli boss shortly after returning to the Spanish capital on Thursday.

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